I asked myself the above question when I saw the amazing juxtaposition of corruption and a soldier's death on the front page of yesterday's digital Hamodia , as we see in the above screenshot. There's a reason for everything Hashem does, even for the layout of a newspaper. Before I answer, look at these other headlines from the past 4 weeks:
August 7, 2017 - Israeli pilot killed, noncombat helicopter crash
July 17, 2017 - two Israeli soldiers killed, noncombat grenade explosion
July 6, 2017 - Israeli officer killed, noncombat training accident
This is only in the past month, 4 of our cherished soldiers killed in noncombat mishaps. These are news that no one can swallow. During the past month, there's news of a different nature that's difficult to swallow:
Minister of Interior under investigation for money laundering, fraud, breach of trust and tax offenses.
Former Deputy Minister indicted in massive corruption case.
Attorney General to indict Prime Minister's wife for misuse of public funds.
Police recommend indicting the Prime Minister for a bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
Back to our original question: Is there a connection between the corruption in Israeli Government circles and the untimely death of our soldiers? The Baal HaTurim, the holy Rebbe Yaacov ben Asher who compiled the monumental Arba'ah Turim that is the ancestor of the Code of Jewish Law, says a definite yes. In his elaboration on Leviticus 26:37, he mentions the similar use of the word "pursue" in two seemingly unrelated biblical passages, as follows:
Leviticus 26:37 is one of the terrible 98 curses that befall Israel when it strays from Hashem's Torah, namely, that there will be fatalities even when our young men are not pursued by the sword, in other words, noncombat fatalities.
Isaiah 1:23 chastises the "rebellious princes", the leaders who disdain Torah and love corruption and pursue bribery payments.
The holy Baal HaTurim then says something that gave me the chills: "The corruption referred to in Isaiah 1:23 triggers the curse of Leviticus 26:37." Do you realize what that means?
Every dishonest politician will be held responsible in the Heavenly Court for the untimely noncombat deaths of our soldiers. So, if any politician wants to prove his/her love for our nation, our people and especially our soldiers, let him/her declare war on corruption and become a shining example of integrity.
We must beg Hashem to put an end to corruption in our government, for our lives and the lives of our beloved soldiers depend on it.